A special event, organised by local learning disability charity Positive Futures, takes place in the Playhouse Theatre on Monday (10 a.m to 12 noon).
It will be used to describe the work of Positive Futures’ Creating Opportunities and Changing Lives project, to launch a Best Practice Manual based on what was learned and to announce plans for a new social business that is emerging from the project.
The guest speaker will be Patricia Lewsley, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, who says: “Getting the right childcare can be a route out of child poverty, particularly in rural areas.”
‘Creating Opportunities and Changing Lives’ ran from November 2009 to March 2011, focused on the needs of children with a learning disability and their families in rural areas on the fringes of Derry city.
Children in these circumstances can be excluded from ‘mainstream’ provision, while their parents or carers can be isolated as they find it hard to get childcare.